In 2017, 23,634 assault and battery arrests were made against a family or household member in Virginia. As reported by the VA State Police, 20% of those arrests resulted in convictions.
Domestic assault & battery is a serious crime in Virginia, Police officers take accusations very seriously, usually leading to an arrest.
Due to the gravity of domestic violence, there are severe consequences for a conviction. For these reasons, you need an experienced and dedicated domestic violence attorney to defend your rights in court.
Contact the lawyers at Cravens and Noll to discuss the specifics of your case. Our defense attorneys have spent years handling domestic violence cases. We rely on our knowledge and detailed investigation period to offer you the best defense in court.
What is Domestic Violence in Virginia?
The laws of every state differ regarding domestic violence. Persuant to the Code of VA, assault and battery against a family or household member is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
A “family or household member” is considered one of the following:
- Current or former spouse
- “Any individual who has a child in common with the person”
- Any individual who has lived with the person in the past 12 months and their children
Domestic violence laws in Virginia cover a wide spread of familial relationships. If you commit an act causing any bodily harm or wounding to one of these family members, you may be charged with domestic assault and battery.
Many domestic violence cases are not simple or clear. Many factors can lead to violence within a household. Such factors include but are not limited to self-defense, arguments, or selfish motives. You need a skilled defense lawyer to navigate these many factors & provide you with superb representation.
Consequences of Domestic Violence in Richmond, VA
The potential negative side effects for someone charged with domestic violence can be devastating to their life, career, family and personal liberties. Some of these consequences are:
- Conviction of domestic assault & battery carries potential fines and may also include jail time. Further, the Lautenberg Amendment prohibits anyone convicted of domestic violence from possessing a firearm.
- Other possible consequences include being prohibited from having contact with your spouse or children. Domestic violence often leads to further legal proceedings including divorce.
- Career: Due to the Lautenberg Amendment, those whose jobs depend on the use of firearms — police, corrections officers, security offices, and military personnel may have severe limitations to their professional careers.
Considering the potential consequences of a domestic violence conviction, you need the best criminal defense representation possible. Our Richmond criminal defense lawyers understand the severity of your situation, and provide excellent representation accordingly.
Experience Working for You
The best time to call a defense attorney is now. If you have been arrested, or you are concerned about potential charges, a lawyer’s advice can be beneficial.
A well-trained and experienced attorney will be able to advise you based on the details of your case. The attorney can create a defense that addresses what matters most.
Our defense attorneys have handled countless domestic violence cases with a high degree of success. They are often successful in limiting the potential effects of the Lautenberg Amendment; protecting the criminal records of the accused, and protecting your civil liberties.
We begin our approach in a collaborative way with a view towards keeping the family intact when appropriate. When the collaborative approach doesn’t work, we prepare to aggressively defend our clients at trial.
We conduct a thorough investigation into the accusations against you, exhausting all due diligence. Some cases arise from false accusations or misunderstandings, and it is our job to find the truth.
Experienced Defense Attorneys in Richmond, VA
If you are accused of domestic violence and/or arrested for assault and battery against a family or household member, call the defense attorneys of Cravens and Noll. No matter your situation, our experienced and dedicated lawyers will represent you in and out of court to defend your case.
Contact us to schedule your consultation. We will listen and begin planning your defense. Our goal is to help you deal with these accusations and get your life back on track.